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do this to me she said, indeed, don't do this to us. have a good night. lou: health and human services kathleen sebelius had a bad day on capitol hill. telling congress, president obama kept his health care promise and obamacare is working and apoll squeezing fo apologizt does not. i'm lou dobbs. >> good every ending -- evening, hhs secretary sebelius testified today. on the obamacare roll out. sebelius took responsibility for the web site failure, while making the claim that the web site had actually never crashed. >> we were anxious to get the
web site up and running. and functional, which we have failed to do. to date, i would suggest that web site has never crashed. it is fund. al bufunctional but at a veryslw reliabilitiy. lou: at that moment, the hoff move system was down -- system of down, and stayed down, sebelius offered a apology, and told the committee to hole her accountable for the ale lure, and insisting that the t presidd not lie when he told americans they could keep their health care insurance if they liked it. but when pressed if the president of the responsible for the law failures, she said, whatever, yes. he is the president. fox news chief congressional
correspondent mike emmanuelle on capitol hill with our report. >> reporter: kathleen sebelius defending the roll out of president's health care law but said, she is accountable. >> i am as frustrated and angry as anyone with the flawed launch of so let me say to these americans, you deserve better. i apologize. >> reporter: chairman upton accused sebelius and others of false advertising prior to launch. >> over months leading to october 1 launch, secretary and her colleagues at hhs looked us in the eye, and testified that everything was on track. >> reporter: after a lot of finger pointing, republican blacurn from tennessee pressed on who is to blame, asked if it was any of the top medicare officials. >> michelle snide ser snider is. >> excuse me, michelle snider is
not responsible, hold me accountable i am responsible. >> reporter: the web site was taken off line last night and remained out of commission. >> program has crashed and burned at least 3 times, and the user is still having problems it has been down the whole time have you been testifying, the system is down at this moment. >> reporter: fixing it by the end of november, with some expressing concern about price tag on what has been an expensive launch. >> we have spent about $118 million on the web site itself. and about $56 million has been extended on other i-t to support the web. >> reporter: security is also an issue september 27 memo signed by medicare administrator tavenner said it was not, mike roger said low level attempts at
hack having been successful, and call for more comprehensive testifying. >> yes or no has an end-to-end security test to went life yes or no. >>i will find out what testing they are doing. >> reporter: some democrats suggestion while roll out that been rough the law is helping. >> th the affordable care act is working. >> reporter: a female lawmaker mocked a obamacare provision that would include maternity coverage for men. >> has a man ever delivered a baby. >> time. has expired. >> reporter: another said obamacare is taking away personal choice. >> some people like to drive a ford not a ferrari, some people like to drink out of a red so losolo cup, not a crystal stem.
>> reporter:critics are taking aim at weakness of the law. lou: thank you, mike. president obama today struggled to divert the media in the drama on capitol hill, in massachusets touting his healthcare law, and claims that obamacare is modeled on. massachusets. president struggled to address the wave of cancellation letters that are hitting both individuals and smal small busis who buy their own insure afternoon that follows his repeated vows over years, that anyone who likes their insurance will be able it keep it. >> if you are getting one of these letters, just shop around in the new marketplace, that is what it's for. for. >> our first guest tonight at that hearing, pressed sebelius on what some are calling the question o of the day, and makig a strong point about obamacare,
and lightning the mood just a -- litenning the mood just a bit, rene elmers. the question you asked, as i said aside from lightening the mood gets to some of the problem with obamacare, did you expects an answer? >> i knew this would be a difficult question, i don't believe it is one sheehan it is pay theed. i'm trying to point out the absurdity of obamacare, health care plans are being canceled, i hear from many of my constituents, they are being cancelled as a result of the affordable care act, coming in a letter form, they have to get other coverage, and now their coverage will be 127% more or 400% more in cost, that is
unacceptable. the question is, why are the premiums going up so much? because they are forcing americans to buy hards of healthcare coverage they would need, why would a male, 32 and single need maternity coverage, and a couple. who are in their 60s have to have pediatrics? they are being forced to purchase. lou: you said people in your district are looking at their premiums rising by as much as 669%, why so much? >> that is the point, these are folks that, yes, cost is going up, astronomically, they cannot afford. now, at the same time, the government is coming in, kathleen sebelius, the president, whomever, saying, the care that you had coverage you were paying for, you were
responsible to take care of your family, we know better, we know better, your coverage was not adequate, and we're telling you it was not, and by the way, if you don't buy these healthcare premium as this the cost, you will be breaking the law, and you will be subject to penalty. my question, why should the american people be penalized for something, we tell them to go to a web site that not functional, and telling them -- forcing them to buy something they cannot afford, if they don't they will be penalized. we cannot let that happen to the american people, you know, in north carolina, it is proposed there is 132,000 who wil lose their current coverage. >> and congresswoman, you can't let them you say, go ahead with this, but it is going ahead. and the idea of deferring as not only the obama administration and democratic make app coflect
tick but healthcare insurance companies are scared there will be some form of delay on the individual mandate because of the result, will be that tear up their business model, as you know, and tear up profits, we're looking at prospect here, if there is a careful reasoning and careful understanding among everyone about a direction to head toward, that we're talking about a second of the economy that is now vulnerable,e, becaue the web site did not work, and obamacare is built on what is a very, very faulty assumption, and presumption because of mandate, that young people will sign up for health care they don't need. these risks are very high. where are the republicans headed now, and what is the course you all will follow? >> we are going to continue to get to the bottom of this you
point odd one major issue, the cyber security issue, as you heard, that you know we're concerned about that you know, therure americans who are managing to get on to web site at this point, at some time, they are vulnerable it cyber security issues. if you saw kathleen sebelius she looked like deer in the headlights but she could not answer those question. this thing is dying of self iinflicted ported mortal woundss go with something we know will work. lou: that is? >> american health care reform act, it covering these, and provides affordable healthy care, but it does not with the patient-centered approach in the free market. lou: and congress welcome rene
elmer for more than two decades a registered nurse. >> thank you, lou. lou: up next, retired four-star general jack king on an administration embroiled in scandal and failure. and moody's chief economist john lonski is joining us, and nsa wiretapping program, allegedly spreading from 35 world leaders to the fellow in the center. one of the world's most reported sir irespectspiritual voices. and dodgadministration trying tk as well further investiga as a business owner, i'm constantly putting out fires. so i deserve a small business credit card with amazing rewards. with the spark cascard from capital one, i get 2% cash back on ery purchase, every day.
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lou: new details about the massive spying organization,
according to wash post, nsa secretly broke in main communication link that connection yahoo! and google data centers around the world, and italian media reports that place spelled on the vatican on pope benedict and pope francis. the nsa has just now issued an out right denial of the italian media report. >> unless you think that united states is alone in spying effort, russians are trying to keep up with us, russian operatives handing out goody bags to world leaders who attended september g-20 summit meeting they we giving them souvenir usbdrives, phone chargers and teddy bears they bugged, they bugged a teddy bear. the russians deny the italian media report. >> obama administration is now
blocking congressional effort to further investigate the benghazi scandal, state department rejected requests to make available eyewitness survivors of the attack claiming that congressional inquiry would jeb jeopardize a criminal investigation of benghazi, several republicans today promises they would block any of president's nomination in senate until the white house and state department permit congress to hear from those on the ground during last year's benghazi terrorist attack, fox news chief intelligence contract katherine hammer witcatherineherridge wit. >> reporter: justice and state departments are n studying the-year-old investigation, and criminal prosecution to block as second to the benghazi -- access to the benghazi wantss referencing concerns about having surprive or submit to congressional interviews.
>> you can't hide behind a criminal investigation, that is not a good reason to deny congress witness statements. >> reporter: ice is interviewed two state department security agents who witnessed the attack against the department wished. >> concerns me it was not a higher priority for chairman to make sure we can bridge the people to justice than carry on this political exercise. >> reporter: waiting for a criminal prosecution, does ot pass the sniff test. >> we'll wait 3 years, when we had a terrorist attack, which is different from your average criminal case to get the truthing and think about what we need to know to prevent future terrorist attacks. >> the hearings must be in public. american people can handle the truth. >> reporter: as republican frank wolf renewed hid call for a select committee, lawmaker cited
reports of fox news it willed fi cbs 60 minutes, and main benghazi suspects have strong ties to al qaeda sense wh senior leadership. >> do you know why an ambassador asking for more security days and weeks before hig he was murd and those requests within unheeded ? >> republican congressman mike mccall sent this letter to secretary of state kerry, why hs not offering a reward for tips leading to the arrests of the benghazi suspect. more than 3/4 of the republican conference have signed on as cosponsors for the select committee using, an regular, re. lou: thank you very much.
all of this follows a report from a former british soldier advising u.s., on security at the time, warning that the guar would not be up to the task were there to be a attack in benghazi, we know that u.s. deputy chief in libya at the time of the not permitted to make a third request for additional security, joining us now, general jack king retired four-star army general, fox news military analyst. this is a sorted politics, but it masks a real issue. that is the ability of congress to participate in governance of the country. what is your reaction to administration position a criminal investigation by the fbi about what is an an tax on an attack on country, which falls in pervue of intelligence agencies
and military would be reason to block effort understand better what transpired. lou: it makes no sense. >> we should be ale coconduct a criminal investigation, representatives of people to find out what happened, whether a consulate was burned to ground, ambassador killed and cia driven out, that is serious business, they do not have to have an open hearing, they can do a closed-door hearing to get at the issues with the witnesses that i want to call. and certainly, the government should not be attempting to control those witnesses, and still protect the criminal justice system. by the way, lou, that criminal justice -- investigation on criminal justice side got off on the wrong foot, the next day, we may not have been able to get troops in that night, we could have got troops in the next day, we should have secured consulate, put our flag back up and brought the fbi in to begin
an immediate investigation, and stay with security forces as long as necessary, they waited three and a half weeks before they got in there, we are the united states, why would we ever put up with that nonsense. lou: is it an unfair inference we would not put up with that, had the administration not wanted that delay? >> i think, right from the beginning, they knew they had a prob imminent they tried to push away,. eye problem, and they tried to push away, aopposed to finding out when went wrong, i am not suggesting you don't do a investigation, but you can get the facts yourselves quickly if you want to get after them, by picking up the phone, calling people, saying how did this happen, and knew what and when, and get on with this. to this day we know who ran that operation, and cia should be
authorized with special operation forces to get them, it is traumatic they have not. >> general, nsa, the drum beat just continues, more perhaps a broadside against the agency, the idea that this organization has to respond to the suggesttion it was spying on two popes denying the allocationi to the italian media. it just goes on and on, one assumes this is why edward snowden, his plan. but there does not seem to be a great deal of defense for nsa from people what you know full well, if we were to have a terrorist attack, the first question they would be asking, why was your spying efforts your surveillance efforts.
>> you are right, general alexander, he is a first rate general officer, but a first rate intel officer and spy, hands down the best guy. he has been in it for 8 years, and leaving of his own volition, it is time to get a new sit of eyes. it is unfair, the allegations, it makes no sense, they are left to deny and support the nsa themselves. they and clapper, directorf national intelligence, is who is defending that major function that protects the united states, believe me, we would not have had no serious attack on the united states in all of these years, 12 years since 9/11 without this agency doing just incredible work. in protecting us. yet they stand there, having to
take the fuselage of assaults on them by themselves with the director trying to broking to p. that is not right, administration should put their arms around this tell them to go back to work, and we'll take care of this, but that is not happening. >> general jack king. >> thank you, lou. lou: thank you. up next, a day after record highs the markets sell-off, fed say that easy money policies will continue, moody's chief economist john lonski will put it together for us in in perspe it's as simple as this. at bny mellon, our business is investments. managing them, moving them, making them work. we oversee 20% of the world's financial assets. and that gives us scale and insight no one else has. investment management combined with investment servicing. bringing the power of investments to people's lives.
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♪ lou: on wall street's comstocks finished lower following a lack of action and congestion of direction from the fed. the dow down 52 points, s&p, ninth, nasdaq 22. maintaining a billion dollars a month and bond purchases, but giving few signs of when we might expect a pullback on the program. facebook shares rocketing a more than 15% in after-hours trading following strong third quarter earnings and a 60% increase. 60 percent increase in revenue. joining us now, to breakdown the
decision, moody's chief economist. great to have you year. i did not see so much in the fed notes to suggest this kind of reaction. >> if you look very, very closely with that notice that this time around the fed made no mention of a tightening of financial conditions as they did before the september fomc policy statement. as a result the market took this to mean that, perhaps, the fed thinks the economy is moving better. in turn the market is showing a higher probability to a first quarter 2014 paper than it did previously. lou: one was street journal noting that leaves open the possibility of a december tapering. >> no way in the world. that will not happen because the data will be so very messed up because of the government shut down. we will not give clarity and toes january.
lou: it is one of those things. all i can think of is you are you going to believe, the fed or your lying eyes? we can see what is going on. >> the problem is, why is the fed so important. this is telling me that investors really don't have a great deal of confidence in the economy and earnings growth going forward, leaning heavily on the fed's willingness to suppress interest rates so that equities continued to look relatively attractive. lou: we have seen one slight turn, slight take up in mortgage applications as a result of one week of lowering interest rates. and i am looking at the earnings. i don't see anything for everyone to get excited about one lawyer the other. >> that is all that matters. profits are growing. mortgage applications did move higher, but i should add that mortgage applications are still
11% under what the average in the first half of this year when the housing recovery was a hot year. of course it has changed since then. when you have -- lou: higher rates and prices. >> very low interest rates, 0% fed funds, 0% money market rate, you're not asking much of earnings in order that stock prices moved higher. lou: the outlook for the rest of the year? your temperature. >> more problems with the government budget coming up later this year. lou: you mean people -- [laughter] >> we have to set that aside. we have to set art confidence in interest rates and the federal reserve if we are going to a fiscal tightening when the more moderate commendation. looking ahead, we had a great year ago of 204%. >> if we have any type of difficulty you are going to have
them come down so quickly that as a steady equity prices in a hurry. if of -- lou: much more on the obama ecoy and the health care. >> translator. we are taking it up in the "chalk talk" with the "a-team." stay with us. the obamacare debacle worsens. a foreign contractors checkered past includes allegations of fraud, insider trading, and sexual abuse. and, of course, billion dollar contract from the obama administration. national review columnist with the exclusive details next. ♪
♪ lou: on capitol hill today lawmakers took aim at the latest example of over the top agency conferences. in the spotlight now, the department of veterans affairs, the wasteful spending they're proving this is no longer an
administration but a national lampoon misadventure in governance. lou: first we found that the general services administration spent 900,000 taxpayer dollars to draw a lavish las vegas conference. those were the good old days, weren't they? then we learned the irs racked up a $50 million bill for their conferences. nothing helps explain tax lot better than star track and gilligan's island. now the department of veterans affairs is embroiled in its own scandal. more than $6 billion on two conferences in orlando and 2011. and, of course, they had to produce a video featuring veterans affairs employees dancing. while the irs prefers that shuffle, folks at the viejo like sister sledge. lawmakers are not happy. >> veterans affairs is a large agency with deep pockets.
yes, it is a large agency with deep pockets, but those buckets were not intended to be picked by either contractors that were likely unnecessary or, in fact, people who we held accountable and paid to be accountable to the taxpayers. lou: and that the a production budget, well, $50,000 to make this. that at a time when they had a backlog of more than 700,000 disability claims, more than 125 days overdue. another obamacare contractor under fire for its questionable track record, the british firm charged with processing paper applications faces allegations of fraud, racial spending, even sexual assault. joining us now, national review columnist of fellow at the franklin center for government and public integrity and the
author of the report. great to have you with us. >> thank you for having me. lou: what in the world as a british firm -- and why bring in the british firm for a billion dollar kind tracked? >> that is an excellent question and i don't have an answer. it is pretty shocking that they ended up getting the contract with the record that they have. it worked for the british national hospitals. some of my demijohn. under investigation for several things including falsifying records, may be overbilling by millions and millions. can there have been allegations that -- their record is astonishing. lou: and we have no idea in the world why they made a decision other than the reason it has vast experience in the u.k. >> there is a cynical explanation, most that they spent heavily on lobbying and political contributions. so they spent in the last couple of years more than a million
dollars. one of the lobbyists said they hired had actually worked very hard on the health of, switched to the private sector. while he was lobbying he ended up getting investigated for insider trading. lou: this is marchesa. and where is that investigation today? >> i could not find that. i think it might still be pending. i never got a definitive answer, but it goes to show how much money was involved in a lobbying and. an effort to secure this contract, even if they did not have the best track record for. lou: it is stunning, and we are seeing this time after time after time. the contract in, it is out of control in this government. and it seems -- it does not seem to matter much which agency. your thoughts? >> i think it is a little bit shocking to me because the british press has done a phenomenal job reporting on this company.
the troubles that they have managed to get themselves into. you can find out at the click of a mouse. the story did not take long to pull together. the fact that no one in the obama administration noticed that there were potentially overbilling the government, potentially engaging in fraudulent behavior, there is a disconnect here. lou: there are a lot, i am beginning to notice in washington d.c. thank you so much. great to have you with us. great work, as usual. take a minute to check us out on facebook. follow us on twitter. up next, president obama trying to tie the affordable care act to amend romney's massachusetts health care law. in the "a-team" i will show you, well, how it does not really lineup and if just the president had paid little attention to have the governor did it he might not have all these problems. the "a-team" takes it all up next. ♪ weekdays are for rising to the challenge.
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made. lou: the president in boston setting early problems that romney care is justification for obamacare is a disastrous rollout. listen to this. >> health care reform in this state was a success. that does not mean it was perfect right away. enrollment was extremely slow. within a month only about 100 people had signed up 100. lou: when is the president's going to learn any state the facts right, especially now, especially after the washington post dished out another four pinocchio's. i love that. one of the most benign term for lying ever heard. first of that figure is completely off. they report that actual enrollment in the first two days of romney care, back in 2007, nearly 3700.
how many have enrolled, we don't know. the house ways and means committee, somewhere around 120,000. a quarterly a ministrations half million target for the month of october. any comparisons in the -- any comparison between obamacare and romney care is just wrong. there is a huge massive difference back in 2006 massachusetts universal health care law passed the state house with bipartisan support, and evoke of 154 to two. passing the state senate 37 to nothing. obamacare was ran through the senate in the middle of the night in 2009 without a single republican vote. in the house speaker pelosi used a parliamentary gimmick and
deemed it. again, without a cinco gop vote. medicare was passed with a bipartisan vote. almost half of the republicans in the united states senate voted for medicare. more than half of the republicans in th house voted for medicare. here is the effect of passing something with bipartisan support. a recent poll by the massachusetts medical society finds 84 percent of state residents, 84 percent of them are satisfied with the health care they're receiving in massachusetts. by comparison, new poll by republican pollster, and public opinion strategist says 70 percent of voters now support delaying the individual mandate which brings us to the "a-team". wall street journal opinion page
editor james toronto, radio talk-show host of fox news contributor david webb and columnist, fox is contributor, and redeye colleague, at least for one evening. a contributor throughout. great to have you with us. these numbers, why go to the trouble to go to massachusetts and make people so the president that what he is talking about. >> likes to shift blame anywhere that he can. he searches for things. he counts on people to be listening to what he is saying in believing it. bill with the state of massachusetts. it was rolled out in segments. just throwing out all at once on this website that does not work. did not have a website that did not work. although i am not a fan, i have to admit, you cannot look at these two things and make any sort of comparison the way is
trying to do. it. lou: the bipartisan element of this when we think back to the way obamacare was rammed through in 2009 and signed into law, there is just no comparison, and the acrimony that repsol of washington right now does not look like it will decide for any time soon unless there is a fix. will we see the individual mandate delayed? >> in my judgment i say they delayed out of politics. i think that is the only reason he would. 2014 is coming. here is the reality. representation car representative republics like cannot. i am not a fan. they voted. they voted against the will of the american people. it when polls show that over 60, 65 percent of americans said no, and they're is a bigger picture that no one is talking about. the global effect of one sixth of our economy coming under the federal government. the bellwether for the world
when it comes to the economy. how money moves around the world. what happens for damage 1/6 of our economy. lou. talking about that here for quite some time. the vulnerability of that one sixth of the economy, indeed the entire economy is potentially, certainly extreme because we just don't know which way our political leaders are going to go. and now insurance companies i joining up with the obama administration and the liberals in washington to say wait a minute. our profits are at risk here. if you were to go ahead with a delay in the individual mandate. >> insurance companies joins with the liberals and the obama administration part three and a half years ago. a path to the insurance company. i think it is a mistake to emphasizes once if the economy.
human lives are a stake. i can name of harmelin in california who has over a million dollars in medical expenses as a result of states for cancer. she is not been able to buy new insurance on the california exchange which is supposed to work. so people will buy as a result of this. lou: indeed. the fact of the matter is, if we do not deal with all of these issues right now. by the way, i don't see a gray stomach on the part of the president's faugh -- agnon's they have got -- they have got to do something. we are coming back with the "a-team" in just moments. angry ivy league letter will -- liberals. why was he there? we will take that up next. ♪ so ally bank has a raise your rate cd that wothat's correct.a rate. cause i'm really nervous about getting trapped. why's that?
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♪ lou: we are back with the "a-team." i just want to say, why would this administration continue, persist in not giving the enrollment number? there does not seem to be any real advantage in it, no matter how small the number, embarrassment would be transitory. >> i guess they feel they don't want to give the right a talking point, but the church is the truth comes out regardless. they can sit on this for as long as they want. the same way it didn't make any sense. maybe you did not want to give them a talking point in the but we all saw it wasn't and rolled out and was broken. lou: they elevated the enrollment numbers which it will not reveal to the same level of benghazi, the irs, the justice
department, fast and furious scandals, irs targeting. this is bizarre. >> and by the way, to the republicans, stop harping on this point and focus on the bigger effects of obamacare. lou: which point? >> he says it is not about a website. it is bigger than that. why we focus on the policy and how it affects us, jobs, the economy. the numbers may change, go up or down. that is a ridiculous talking point frankly. for us to join in it. lou: i disagree. >> i think it is all relevant. we have a government that has been in office five years. lou: they cannot point to a single success, chilly cannot point to a single success. when you look at every one of the major initiatives this president has put forward, he has failed. >> highlighting another failure. they're not going to show that
even if it is a small percent of the american people. >> your question is very simple. with the obama administration is doing and really what they are all about in all of its endeavors is buying time. trying to get through the next few months, few years, the presidency without a obama's manifest failures being exposed. if he says, you know, we have 20,000 in romance or whenever, that is much more concrete and saying we don't know. it is a delay tactic. >> and they don't focus on it. >> delaying tactics on obamacare are going to maximize the damage that this does to the economy and the human life, and that is why it is a scandal. lou: it is worse than the scandal because it is being aided and abetted, as it has, for some time by the national liberal media. the fact is, we have seen a crack in what was a united front on the part of the national
liberal media and taken out of the fact that these are immense failures in the president is seems to not know that direction in which lies success. >> the guy at the new york times called the statement about you can keep your plan if you like it. this is an editorial writer. he called that an unfortunate blanket statement. there is a more benign term. can you imagine going into journalism to write that kind of bureaucratic euphemistic nonsense. he ought to be ashamed. >> that is what they're talking about now. >> when you start becoming a potential victim of what you have supported your eyes might just open up. these companies in this liberal media in large part see themselves as potential victims. lou: thank you very much. and thank you for being with us tonight. coming tomorrow, joined by the senator talking about the obamacare train wreck.
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